Would you like to build a lineup?

Lindsay Chrapko

Each Thursday I'll give a little breakdown on how to build your lineup with the information readily available to everyone, especially if you don't know where to start.

this can always change pending preview numbers and are by no means a guarantee to win

FML Legend (so you aren't completely lost)

BP - Best Performer; earns you an extra $2 million to your cinema, this is the "highest Box Office per FML Bux"

PC - Perfect Cineplex; earns you an extra $5 million to your cinema, this when you elect the perfect lineup "resulting in the highest possible total Box Office score plus any bonuses already earned."

WP - Worst Performer; this is the worst movie based on Box Office per FML Box spent

TC - Theatre Count; how many theatres the movie will be appearing in, this will up or down depending on how long the movie has been out for, special events etc

BB/Bar - Bonus Bar; this is the predicted value a movie needs to meet/exceed to be your BP contender.

Holdover - a movie that is in its second or more week on the slate.

Slate - the 15 movies you get to choose from each week :)

Anchor - The movie most likely to helm your cineplex; this can be anything from the movie that will make the most Box Office money over the weekend, or multiples of the same movie that helms your cineplex.

Last week was a crazy PC week. Only 20 or so players correctly nailed the right filler behind the BP "The Call of the Wild". I was not one of them. :(

We are heading into the final week of the season. Exxdee and his alt seem to have a firm grasp on first and second place in the Season Showdown, but that won't stop players from trying their hardest to win. "The Invisible Man" enters the slate as well as two other films that probably won't factor into anything, "My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising" and "Emma". Also, props to "Knives Out" which has been on the slate for the entire season. Not many movies have done that.

Cineplex Builder>>

The Cineplex Builder has been set to $57k for the final week of the season.

Bonus Bar>>

Guyett sets the bonus bar at $60k. "The Invisible Man" seems to be holding well against its LRF. "My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising" and "Emma" both have WP potentials, especially after "My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising" not so stellar open on Wednesday, "Emma" is only in 97 theatres so it's most likely not the expansion we were looking for. He's also stated to be careful about "The Photograph" which will most likely be gutted and "Dolittle" because it doesn't look to have much gas left in the tank.


BSW saw "Brahams: The Boy 2" creep into the PC and ruin last weeks BSA. This week he tackles the unknown (or at least it was until today) with "My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising". It was obvious that Vincent Pricing didn't know where this movie would fall so erred on the side of caution, pricing it high. Probably too high now that the previews came in at only $1.7m. Which was BSWhite's second point. "My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising" has two burner days having opened on a Wednesday, which means that diehard fans will have already seen it by the weekend, lowering its overall weekend take.

Fandango Check>>

Phil has put "The Photograph", "Dolittle", and "Jumanji: The Next Level" in the DOA category this week. Surprisingly, and the opposite to Guyett in the bonus bar thread, "Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey" was put in Phil's Volume Winners category. He's anticipating less of a theatre loss which now puts it in play for the weekend.

Notable Threads>>

Penny (that's me!) is reviving the Ineligibles League. This is for everyone who loves the game but can't win :) I have a snazzy t-shirt for the season winner designed by yours truly. Feedback has been quite positive so far and past winners, Exxdee and Guyett, seem to really like the t-shirt. (Or they're just being nice. Haha )

Boxoffice Pro>>

BOP completely avoided "My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising" and "Emma" this week, probably rightfully so. They think that "Parasite" is going to hold on to the fanfare and be BP this week. In second they have "Sonic the Hedgehog" and rounding out their top three is "The Invisible Man".

Boxoffice Report>>

BOR didn't shy away from "My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising" but it's also his worst performer so….He has "1917" in the top spot, followed by "The Call of the Wild" and "Bad Boys for Life" in third.

Boxoffice Mojo>>

Mojo also avoided "My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising" and "Emma". They have "1917" as their BP. In second place they have "Fantasy Island" and in third, "Brahms: The Boy 2".

Theatre Counts>>

As Phil suggested, "Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey" only lost 441 theatres. That definitely puts her in the wild card category. "The Photograph" got gutted, losing 1071, and "Dolittle" didn't fair much better, losing 797. Also interesting is "The Call of the Wild" gaining an additional 113 theatres.

My BP race this week is tightly bunched. They are all within $2k value of each other and $50k here or there would shift the entire outcome. I have "1917", "The Call of the Wilds", "Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey" and "The Invisible Man" all in contention. I'm not even quite sure what I'm aching with yet, as previews will dictate whether "the Invisible Man" is a viable anchor/BP option or not. The anchors that I'm looking at would be 1x "The Invisible Man", 3x "Sonic the Hedgehog" or a 3x "The Call of the Wild". There are also many variations with those movies leading the cineplex as well. It'll come right down to lock time for the final week of the season.